Victorino fired up to join 'storied franchise'

February, 14, 2013
2/14/13
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Officially, all Red Sox players are now accounted for as outfielder Shane Victorino has arrived at camp.

All position players will have their physicals today, while full-squad workouts will begin on Friday.

Victorino was all smiles and full of energy early Thursday morning.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a storied franchise and I’m excited to be part of this organization.”

Victorino and new teammate Dustin Pedroia will share the classification as the most energized players in the Red Sox clubhouse.

“I’m just going to be myself and have fun,” said the speed-talking Victorino. “The guys who have been here -- [Jon] Lester, [Clay] Buchholz and [David] Ortiz -- those guys are the backbone of this organization, and guys like myself, Jonny Gomes and David Ross, we’re coming in to be a part of this team. We’re not trying to change the culture. If anything, we’re adding to the pieces of that puzzle. More importantly, we need to have fun. Winning heals all.”

A center fielder by trade, Victorino will play right field for the Red Sox and has no issues with that.

“I’m excited,” he said once again. “We have a great center fielder who’s been playing for a long time. He’s one of the best players in the game. Jacoby needs to stay healthy. He’s had some unfortunate injuries, but when he’s healthy he’s one of the best center fielders in the game. It’s going to be fun playing alongside of him.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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